A SMALL BATCH SPANISH SHOWSTOPPER
This small batch blend from Almansa in Southern Spain was imported into New Zealand by Steve Bennett MW and its an out and out showstopper. Packed in gorgeous wood 4 packs (yes 4 packs!) and bottled in some of the heaviest glass we have ever seen in our entire time in the wine trade, this powerhouse red is out to impress from the get go. Monastrell dominant (with grenache, cabernet and syrah rounding out the blend) this is a big, big wine with layer after layer of dark fruits supported by plenty of spicy oak and firm tannins. It's a special occasion red that comes out firing and those dark sultry flavours just keep on and on and on.
The bonus is that everyone who sees it on the table will want to pick the bottle up and marvel at the presentation and your 'wine cred' will instantly be transported to a higher plane.
Decant before service if you are planning on opening this amazing wine before 2025.
Vinted from Monastrell 40%, Garnacha Tintorera 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 12% and Syrah 8%.
The winery writes "An intense ruby red with flashes of crimson. Primary fruit aromas of dark fruits of the forest, with hints of fruit compôte, pepper, autumn leaves and aromatic hillside herbs. The secondary aromas are yeastier with hints of marzipan, this extra complexity resulting from carrying out the malolactic fermentation in oak casks. These are rich, complex oaky aromas derived from the lengthy 30-month ageing in very large oak casks, which enable the wine to retain freshness while fully integrating the fruit aromas. The wine is truly complex, with the rugged expression of its terroir softened by subtle touches of vanilla, tobacco, dark spices and leather, which develop and become more pronounced if the wine is allowed to breathe on opening. It is full-bodied in the mouth, with smoothly spicy tannins that are both elegant and complex. The wine’s intense richness gives way to an elegant finish, making this powerful wine seductively drinkable thanks to the painstaking craftsmanship and lengthy ageing in oak that give it subtlety on the palate. It is worth appreciating how the wine opens up in the glass, as the primary aromas of the different grapes that go into making the wine blend with more balsamic, earthy aromas reminiscent of a country walk. The wine is a perfect blend of the 4 grape varieties that are best suited to the Almansa region."